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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855
([1855])

[Indians of Washington and Oregon territories],   pp. 192-195 PDF (1.5 MB)


Page 192

REPORT OF THE 
and rescued the boy that was still in their possession, who had been 
captured at Acate. 
On the 8th instant I left my agency for the purpose of attending 
the treaty to be held at Abiquiu on the 10th. I made it my duty to 
pass by Embudo and Rio Aniba, for the purpose of ascertaining the 
whereabouts of the Utah captive reported to have been sold, but 
without success. 
On the 10th and 11th I attended the treaty. I think the Mohuaches 
and Jicarillas that were present were serious in that which they said, 
and in all probability will remain friendly for a long period. The 
Indians that are now committing depredations are those who have 
lost their families during the war. They consider they have nothing 
further to live for than revenge for the death of those of their families
that were killed by the whites; they have become desperate; when 
they will ask for peace I cannot say. 
Respectfully submitted. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
C. CARSON, 
Indian Agent. 
Hon. D. MERRIWETHER, 
Sup't Indian Affairs, Santa 176, New Mexico. 
Mr. Carson does not inform me what Indians committed these 
depredations, though the last part of his report would leave the 
impression that they were committed by the Jicarilla Apaches. I 
am of the opinion that the Comanches are the guilty party, because 
it is scarcely probable that the Apaches would be guilty of such acts 
after they had sued for peace, and before peace was made, and then 
meet me in council but a few days thereafter. In addition to this it 
is positively known that the Comanches had been about the cation of 
Red river both before and after the date of these depredations, and 
the Comanches and Jicarilla Apaches are hostile to each other. It is 
to be regretted that Agent Carson did not ascertain from the prisoners 
what Indians they were. 
D. MERRIWETHER, 
Gov. and Sup't Indian Affairs, New Mexico 
No. 97. 
VANCOUVER, W. T., October 6, 1855. 
Sin: We are on the eve of an Indian war; how far it may extend, 
or how long it may last, are at present but questions of vague e,,1- 
tjecure. 
I send you herewith by this mail copies of the Oregonian and 
Weekly Times, containing all the reports and rumors that are in cir- 
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